Wassily Kandinsky

A Documentary by André S. Labarthe
A Co-production of Monarda Arts / RM Arts, BR, TF1 and Centre Pompidou


Colour, form, area – this is the formula of the greatest pioneer of abstract painting. Kandinsky came to art late in life, but his impact through Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) and Bauhaus paved the way for modern art. In 1913, he created one of the first abstract pictures, the theoretical basis of which was inspired by his essay Über das Geistige in der Kunst (On the Spiritual in Art). Accompanied by Mussorgsky’s Pictures From An Exhibition Labarthe goes on a sensual journey which makes the soul resound with colours and forms. “A picture has to resound and must be bathed in an inner glow.” Kandinsky

Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD)



Associate Producer: Alain Plagne
Director: André S. Labarthe
Assistant Director: Edwin Baily
Cameras: Jacques Audrain, Hubert Lhommelais, Michael Gosan, Michel Thimoreau, André Kuster
Sound: Jonathan Liebling, Bertrand Lenclos, Jacques Pietrobelli
Editor: Danielle Anezin, Annick Breuil, Carole Vidal
Language: German, English, French, Italian
Format: 4:3
Running Time: 56 min
Year of production: 1986